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Alias Frequencies is an organization that promotes and publishes media art, with particular interest in electronic music, sound art and audio collage. It was formed in the mid 1990s in Sydney, Australia.



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Alias Frequencies
by Lucas Darklord
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These are the sounds received from our first interdimensional probe, Asmoir. This probe is exploring unknown and unheard somewheres, elsewheres. Whilst much of the data received from the probe is proving to be, for the time being, nonsensical, auditory recordings are proving to be of interest. It is not known if these recordings are accurate representations of the ‘sound’ in these locations. Made by  Lucas Darklord ,  2007 ,  2008 . 2007 ,  2009   Alias Frequencies   AF025
Topics: Alias Frequencies, 025, Lucas Darklord, Asmoir, 2007
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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O’Kneel’s first deliberate foray into the ubiquitous “distorted-and-cut-up-amen-break” genre known as “breakcore”, this album sees her applying it to as many unlikely and inappropriate sources as possible: Radiohead, the Beatles, even Peter Allen.  As well as trying to reinvent breakcore as a pop phenomenon, she simultaneously makes her beats filthier and more jarring, creating what she dubbed “shitcore”.  Not only does this album cover the entire gamut of her shitcore...
Topics: 2006, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Wake Up and Listen
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Thoughts Flash comprises two hallucinatory tracks from Wake Up and Listen’s unreleased debut album. Recorded in the late 1990s, the album featured a number of studio recordings, as well as edited excerpts from WUAL’s long-running radio show on 2MBS-FM. The technique of condensing extended radio improvisations into relatively short pieces, as on these two tracks, suggested a fruitful direction for the duo, however Bertram and O’Neill spent the following years focusing on other projects,...
Topics: 2009, 2MBS-FM, Adrian Bertram, Shannon O'Neill, Wake Up and Listen, experimental, collage
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O’Kneel
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With her Snares-influences fading, Buttress returned to her unique musickal place, straddling pop, mashup, and breakcore, this time creating a musical flow that brings to mind her ground-breaking “MegaMegamix”, and the “meme-couplets” of “MemeCore”.  With a blend of glitch-pop and mashcore, and such sources as Madonna, Dethklok, Bowie, Dead Kennedys, Portishead, and Popcorn, O’Kneel creates a break-heavy megamix that pauses only to deliver every expletive Samuel L Jackson...
Topics: 2008, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Lloyd Barrett, Paul Forbes-Mitchell
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The pieces on this album were created using a specially designed system code-named “Habitat”.  Autonomous artificial agents feed on live and prepared sound and vision, excreting their own mutated variations which are then collected and presented for listener edification.  The process is the culmination of combined research by Paul and Lloyd in the construction of a live electro-acoustic audiovisual engine that draws from both academic and underground practices. All material presented was...
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF027, Lloyd Barrett, Paul Forbes-Mitchell, 2009, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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After her triumphant “core” series was wrapped up with the invention of “corecore”, Buttress was determined to be the first to go beyond it.  So, while others were still trying to come to terms with the concepts behind “corecore”, she created the mind-bending new genre “post-corecore”.  Not only does this album apply the tools and strategies developed in the “core” trilogy to works by artists such as Yes, Rihanna, Madonna, and the B-52’s, but it again extends the...
Topics: 2007, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Plenum
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New technologies and techniques for excavating the unconscious. Made by Yannis Nikolakopoulos and Shannon O’Neill at Section 8, Sydney, 1999. GSD also appears on the Vibragun compilation ‘Communication Problems’. 2007 Alias Frequencies AF021
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF021, Plenum, The Sexual Politics of Cheese, Shannon O'Neill, Yannis...
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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The final in her “core” trilogy, “CoreCore” again revels in the grunting syncopation of breakcore, but mixes it with an altogether softer touch.  As well as the classic Public-Enemy-meets-the-Seinfeld-theme opening track, O’Kneel incorporates several of her more psychedelic-drone live tracks (created with a CDJ and a buncha guitar pedals).  Although, there’s still plenty of filthy breakcore (including the cookie-monster-metal-mashup “C is For Satan”), this final in the...
Topics: 2007, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Rik Rue
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Vocal fragments in loops and rhythms. A study in wordless vocal dislocations. Composed/Constructed & Recorded by Rik Rue, 1993. Released on cassette by Pedestrian Tapes, 1993. Rereleased on CDR and MP3 by Alias Frequencies, 2004. Audio remastered by Shannon O'Neill at Section 8. Cover art by u:sun hu.
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF003, Rik Rue, Voice Capades, voice, loops
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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Buttress decided to follow her accessible, poppy, enjoyable album “Hard DadaPop” with one of the most difficult listens she’s ever created.  Although she writes this album off as simply “what happens when I listen to too much Venetian Snares”, it still has the unmistakable “O’Kneel” stamp all over it.  Sure, it’s mostly all in 7, sure, it’s 100% extreme digital breakcore, and, sure, it’s filled with stretched and glitched noise passages that would make Mr Funk shake his...
Topics: 2008, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Various Artists
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2003 compilation of Australian breakcore and experimental electronica. Compiled by Craig Parry a.k.a. Puzahki and featuring artists such as Toecutter, Maladroit and Lieutenant Colonel Spastic Howitzer. Includes three videos.  Videos: Puzahki – Mathamagikal 2:18  MPG Simulcast – 9 Volt Sunrise 3:30  MPG Time Being – Four Words 1:14  MPG
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF012, Various Artists, VIVA [section], [section] media
Alias Frequencies
by John Watermann
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All compositions written in  1989/90 . Produced and recorded by  John Watermann . 1990   Nightshift Records  NR011. Made in  Australia . Cover design: John Watermann. 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF014
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Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF014, John Watermann, Dummyhead, Night Shift, NR011
Alias Frequencies
by Lucas Darklord
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“Isn’t there something in your mind, that says, this is wrong, this is wrong on every level?” At the time, at the time, it was like… it was… …like horses, you know? Comprised of two parts,* …like horses is presented as the ultimate in dark corporate stoner reflective/receptive grinding face core. Listen to …like horses at maximum volume, as set during the first track. Shifts in density and volume have been tailored to best function at a minimum of 90dB. …like horses is...
Topics: 2009, 2011, Lucas Darklord, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by John Watermann
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All compositions written in  1989/90 . Produced and recorded by  John Watermann . 1990   Nightshift Records  NR010. Made in  Australia . Cover design: John Watermann. 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF013
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF013, John Watermann, Ambiguity, 1991, Night Shift, NR010
Alias Frequencies
by Lucas Darklord
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These selections represent a sample of individual works, experiments and never-to-be finished pieces produced between 2005 and 2007. Some pieces mark the beginnings of failed projects or redundant tangents, whilst others came to be for unknown reasons. All compositions are intended for most appropriate use in managerial meeting rooms, excecutive boardrooms, vaults, darkness, at volume and with influence. It is advised that this composition be played in all work places both before and after work...
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF028, 2009, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Puzahki
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Video: Pc(Ar)- Kiss of Death 5:02 AVI Made by Craig Parry, Brisbane, 2003. Co-production, cuts & recording by Sir William Gull. Vocals on track 5 by S.W. Gull. Vocals on track 6 by S.W. Gull & Puzahki. Vocals on track 12 by Herts Solvent. Mastered by Shannon O’Neill at Section 8. Puzahki & S.W. Gull would like to send out a warm ‘Fuck You’ to everyone who didn’t listen. Additionally we would like to sincerely thank everyone who has represented in word and text and anyone we...
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF002, Puzahki, Smoking When Pregnant, 2003, Craig Parry, breakcore
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Alias Frequencies
by Spinal Machine
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So prolific was John Watermann, that in 1991 he began releasing cassettes of his music under a number of aliases, including Total Disease, Radio Mull, and Spinal Machine, on his label Nightshift Records. ‘Scraping It Hard’ was Watermann’s first release as Spinal Machine. Its four tracks range from minimal electronics, to cutups, to soundscape manipulations. Made by  John Watermann ,  1991 . 1991   Nightshift Records  NR012 2011   Alias Frequencies   AF042
Topics: 1991, 2011, Spinal Machine, John Watermann, experimental
Alias Frequencies
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Buttress O’Kneel initiates an “independent inquiry” into what it means to have “Australian values”, when the hystory of the country is based squarely on invasion, genocide, abusing the needy, institutionalised racism, and lies. This is the album Australia needs to have, but is too scared to listen to. Researched, collated, remixed, assembled and produced by  Buttress O’Kneel ,  2005-2007 . Special thanks to John Jacobs, Dodgy DJ Dave, and The InterWebMegaLink. Resources for this...
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Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF026, Buttress O'Kneel, Dear Fellow Australians: An Independent Inquiry into...
Alias Frequencies
by John Watermann
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Produced & recorded by  John Watermann ,  1988-1989 . 1990   Nightshift records  NR006. Made in  Australia . Thanks to  David Corazza  for dialogue box. Remastered from cassette by  Shannon O’Neill  at  Section 8 , 2000. 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF010
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF010, John Watermann, The Denial of Cricket, Night Shift, NR006, 1990
Alias Frequencies
by Ivan Lisyak
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Ivan Lisyak’s first solo release, exploring the depths of digitalia. Made by  Ivan Lisyak ,  Blue Mountains ,  2007 . 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF016
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF016, Ivan Lisyak, Dying Everyday, 2007
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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In the year 2000, Buttress O’Kneel (with the help of her housemates at the time, fellow artists Mantis Sage, Aynat Sool, Panthera Leo, and A D MacHine) began documenting the artistic works of several robots that had achieved unprogrammed sentience.  These robots were never designed to be creative, but, perhaps through simple wear and tear, commonplace quantum occurrences, or perhaps through their own dogged persistence, these robots began displaying artistic musickal tendencies, reworking...
Topics: 2000, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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After her explorations into bastard pop (her previous two albums were “Bastard Pop” and “MegaBastard”), Buttress wanted to return to the minutely-sliced memetic Frankenstein-techniques she had honed so well on her second Compop release “MegaMegamix”, but with an ear more attuned to artists like Squarepusher and Aphex Twin.  As she describes it, she “wanted to push bastard pop into the shape of drum-n-bass, or something”, using artists like Beyonce, Gwen Stefani, the Black Eyed...
Topics: 2005, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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After touring extensively, including the National Gallery in Canberra, the University of Woollongong, and the Arthouse in Melbourne, Buttress took the new songs she’d been trying out on audiences (like ‘Dexodus’ and ‘I Like’) and placed them alongside live experiments with AudioMulch (with source material ranging from Guns N Roses, to Crystal Waters, to Wu Tang Clan), as well as several pieces she’d composed for other projects (including ‘Some Assembly Required’s 50/50...
Topics: 2010, 2011, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by John Watermann
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In the late 80s scientists had modified and improved the circular RAM cartidge to such an extent that it could be slipped into neck slots of human guinea pigs (immobilized with the Cullen crane) simply snapped between the discs of the spine: for the first time ever it now was possible to record and store dreams as they actually occurred during sleep. Produced & recorded by  John Watermann ,  1986-1989 . 1990   Nightshift Records  NR005. Made in  Australia . Thanks to  David Corazza...
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF009, John Watermann, RAM Slot, Night Shift, NR005, 1990
Alias Frequencies
by John Watermann
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Produced & recorded by  John Watermann ,  1971-1989 . 1989   Nightshift Records  NR004. Made in  Australia . Thanks to  David Corazza  for facial & genital blurring. Remastered from cassette by  Shannon O’Neill  at  Section 8 , 2000. 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF008
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Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF008, John Watermann, These are Workers, 1990, Night Shift, NR004, 2007
Alias Frequencies
by John Watermann
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Produced & recorded by  John Watermann ,  1988-89 . 1990   Nightshift Records  NR007. Made in  Australia . Remastered from cassette by  Shannon O’Neill  at  Section 8 , 2000. 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF011
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF011, John Watermann, To Be Taken Seriously It Has To Be Long, Night Shift,...
Alias Frequencies
by Secret Killer of Names
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“To let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven.” (an epigraph to chapter 3 of “The Lathe Of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin.) While i’m never short of ideas, both aural and visual, i’ve always found that a positivist approach rarely results in art I really feel like owning. The tracks on “ITACIDTWATQ” were originally developed as the audio component of a live AV performance. The...
Topics: 2009, 2010, Secret Killer of Names, Lloyd Barrett, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Hinterlandt
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Life is diverse and so is this record. The music on New Belief System does not stay in the same place for too long, it moves on. Like on a journey, the listener can witness a great number of different shapes and colours – strange things and familiar things, known sounds and unknown sounds, common harmonies and disturbing noises, nice melodies and distorted crackles. There are fairly detailed, pointy bits as well as lush ambiences, merging into each other, replacing each other; and as they...
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF004, Hinterlandt, New Belief System, Jochen Gutsch, 2004, pop, electronic,...
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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With the tenth in the compop series “Classic Hits: Live 2007” being dedicated to live reinterpretations of many of her classic pieces (transformed through a CDJ and several guitar pedals), this return to the studio took Buttress to new realms entirely. Inspired and freshened, her ear turned once again to the multi-mash-up, and pushing the genre as far as it could go. One of her poppiest releases since “Hyperpop”, this album sees Bjork and Bowie hijacked into glitch-n-bass, Led Zeppelin...
Topics: 2008, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by League of Infinite Justice
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This was their finest hour. As mad king George continued in his unending search for invisible targets the War on Terror spanned the globe, drawing battle lines wherever and whenever possible. The League, amused by this vainglorious display, prepared once again for mobilisation. Made by  League of Infinite Justice ,  2004 . 2004   Alias Frequencies   AF007
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF007, League of Infinite Justice, Ambitions of Empire, Adrian Bertram, 2004,...
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel
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Following on from the broken shitcore of Compop 6.66, Buttress gives us the second in her “core” trilogy; a meme-splicing dadaist culture-tweaking album that straddles both the worlds of breakcore and mashup, to create something truly unique.  With several tracks blending together to create longer pieces (“aural meme-couplets” as she calls them), this album draws its sources from the likes of Skyhooks, the Pussycat Dolls, and Shakira.  To accompany the frenetic and sometimes-painful...
Topics: 2006, 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Wake Up and Listen
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2001 Mini-album of skewed turntable improvisations. Four hands, one deck. Bargain bin records are mercilessly subjected to extended turntable techniques. Recorded in an afternoon at Section 8, Sydney.
Topics: AF001, Wake Up and Listen, Mustard Keanu, 2001, Adrian Bertram, Shannon O'Neill, experimental,...
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Alias Frequencies
by League of Infinite Justice
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As the world chewed their fingernails over the possible existence of weapons of mass destruction the League continued to focus on the very real existence of weapons of media distortion. Landing in the weeks leading up to the Coalition of the Willing’s invasion of Iraq, United We Fall became an accurate prediction of the ensuing escalation and conflict. Made by  League of Infinite Justice ,  2003 . 2003   Alias Frequencies   AF006
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF006, League of Infinite Justice, United We Fall, Adrian Bertram, 2003, satire,...
Alias Frequencies
by Ivan Lisyak
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Ivan Lisyak’s ‘beats’ record. Made by  Ivan Lisyak ,  Blue Mountains ,  2007 . 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF018
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF018, Ivan Lisyak, Traces, 2007
Alias Frequencies
by Lloyd Barrett, Lucas Darklord, Buttress O’Kneel, Rik Rue, Shannon O’Neill
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Five of Australia’s leading sound artists interpret the idea of remix for radio. Lloyd Barrett remixes dreams, nightmares and talkback radio Lucas Darklord remixes the culture of Black Metal Buttress O’Kneel remixes her favourite remixers, including Negativland, John Oswald and Coldcut Rik Rue remixes his own history of remixing Shannon O’Neill remixes all of the above. Radio Metamix was broadcast on  ABC Radio National ‘s  The Night Air  on July 1, 2007, as part of the  Liquid...
Topics: Lloyd Barrett, Lucas Darklord, Buttress O’Kneel, Rik Rue, Shannon O’Neill, 2007, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by Shannon O’Neill and Andie Reynolds
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Aquatic glitch-dub by Shannon O’Neill and Andie Reynolds. Made by  Shannon O’Neill  and  Andie Reynolds ,  Melbourne ,  2001 . Melds was exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2002 as part of  Variable Resistance: Ten Hours of Sound from Australia . 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF023
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF023, Melds, Shannon O'Neill, Andie Reynolds, 2001
Alias Frequencies
by League of Infinite Justice
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Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF005, League of Infinite Justice, Payback, Adrian Bertram, 2001, satire,...
Alias Frequencies
by Secret Killer of Names
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Lloyd Barrett has spent the last 5 years trying to work out a suitable sound for this project - with the only official release being a "cover" of the Coil track "Spastiche" on the Balance tribute album "the loneliest link in a very strange chain". While retaining the sidereal nature of Coil, SKON has become inextricably linked to guitar worship. Channelling nocturnal emissions from spirit landscapes both internal and extraterrestrial this however is no G3 style...
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF024, Secret Killer of Names, Lloyd Barrett, 2007
Alias Frequencies
by Projek Lansac
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An introduction to humanity for alien listeners. Made by  John Garland  and  Shannon O’Neill  at  Section 8 ,  Sydney ,  1999-2002 . 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF022
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF022, Projek Lansac, Alien Communication, John Garland, Shannon O'Neill, 2002
Alias Frequencies
by Buttress O'Kneel, Lucas Darklord
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Quite possibly one of the greatest albums ever made, this untitled release is the meeting of two of Australia’s most interesting, most underground, and most belligerently misanthropic sound-artists.  Any collaboration between Buttress O’Kneel, with her sample-happy postpop cheeky-as-a-schoolgirl breakmashing, and Lucas Darklord, with his dark grinding corporate evil-as-a-business-retreat scrapescapes, was sure to be extreme.  But their decision to cover the entirety of Led Zeppelin’s...
Topics: 2009, Buttress O'Kneel, Lucas Darklord, experimental
Alias Frequencies
by The Splinter Orchestra
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The Splinter Orchestra’s first recording. Tracklist 01  Petit Mal  25:26 Total time: 25:26 Featuring: Chris Abrahams, DX7; Robbie Avenaim, battery operated percussion; Karen Booth, alto saxophone; Monica Brooks, laptop; Ben Byrne, laptop; Luke Callaghan, laptop; Clare Cooper, guzheng; Abel Cross, double bass; Joe Derrick, trumpet; Peter Farrar, alto saxophone; Simon Ferenci, trumpet; Dale Gorfinkel, vibraphone; Lloyd Honeybrook, alto saxophone; Mike Majkowski, double bass; Alex Masso,...
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF019, The Splinter Orchestra, Petit Mal, 2007
Alias Frequencies
by Liebeslieder
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Liebeslieder is Ivan Lisyak. Made by  Ivan Lisyak ,  Blue Mountains ,  2007 . 2007   Alias Frequencies   AF020
Topics: Alias Frequencies, AF020, Liebeslieder, Every Moment Just Gets Worse, Ivan Lisyak, 2007
Alias Frequencies
by Shannon O'Neill
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Recordings from the mid to late 1990s, exploring ambient dub, proto-glitch and electroacoustic soundscapes. Made by Shannon O’Neill at Section 8, Sydney, 1996-99. 2000 Alias Frequencies AF000
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Topics: Audio, Australia, Made 1999, Released 2000, Section 8, Shannon O'Neill, Sydney, Alias Frequencies,...